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March 01, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Next generation of nuclear robots will go where none have gone before



Manchester UK (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
The University of Manchester is to lead a consortium to build the next generation of robots that are more durable and perceptive for use in nuclear sites. The cost of cleaning up the UK's existing nuclear facilities has been estimated to be between 95 billion pounds and 219 billion pounds over the next 120 years or so. The harsh conditions within these facilities means that human access is highly restricted and much of the work will need to be completed by robots. Present robotics technology is si ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Researchers find new clues for nuclear waste cleanup
Pullman WA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
A Washington State University study of the chemistry of technetium-99 has improved understanding of the challenging nuclear waste and could lead to better cleanup methods. The work is reported ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Iran requests 950 tonnes of uranium from Kazakhstan
Tehran (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
Iran's nuclear chief said Saturday that the country had requested to buy 950 tonnes of uranium concentrate from Kazakhstan over the next three years to help develop its civil reactor programme. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Fukushima operator eyes plan to clean up plant
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, Japan (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday it will craft a plan this summer to extract highly radioactive fuel from the damaged reactors - a key step in decommissioning work expected to take decades. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
German energy giant RWE posts 5.7-bln-euro loss in 2016
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
German energy provider RWE on Thursday announced a surprise loss of 5.7 billion euros for 2016, hit by writedowns on its plants and one-off costs related to the country's exit from nuclear power. ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR
Russia's Rosatom Subsidiaries Produced 7,900 Tonnes of Uranium in 2016
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Russian state-owned nuclear energy corporation Rosatom's subsidiaries produced the total of 7,900 metric tons of uranium in 2016, which is on the 2015 level, the company said Monday. "Uranium ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
China delays nuclear reactor start again
Paris (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Two nuclear reactors being built in the southern Chinese city of Taishan will come onstream months later than planned, said China General Nuclear Power (CGN), which runs the project together with France's EDF. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
System automatically detects cracks in nuclear power plants
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
A new automated system detects cracks in the steel components of nuclear power plants and has been shown to be more accurate than other automated systems. "Periodic inspection of the components of n ... more
TECH SPACE
New synchrotron powder diffraction facility for long running experiments
London, UK (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Synchrotron beamlines and their instruments are built to harness the photon beam power of synchrotron radiation (SR), which has special properties - ideally suited to providing detailed and accurate ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Slovenian nuclear plant restarts after shutdown
Ljubljana (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
A 35-year-old nuclear plant in Slovenia was restarted Friday after it automatically shut down because of a water supply problem, its operator said. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
A "scorpion" robot sent into a Japanese nuclear reactor to learn about the damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown had its mission aborted after the probe ran into trouble, Tokyo Electric Power company said Thursday. ... more


Slovenian nuclear plant shuts down after water problem

CIVIL NUCLEAR
'No risk' in Benin after truck with chemical for nuclear production crashes
Paris (AFP) Feb 14, 2017
The French nuclear group Areva said Tuesday a truck carrying a chemical used in the uranium fuel process had tipped over in Benin, but there was "no risk" of contamination. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'
Caen, France (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
An explosion at a nuclear power plant on France's northwest coast on Thursday caused minor injuries, but the authorities said there was no risk of radiation. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Three new uranium minerals from Utah
Houghton, MI (SPX) Feb 08, 2017
Leesite, leoszilardite and redcanyonite are three new uranyl minerals discovered growing on the walls of old uranium mines in southern Utah. An alumnus of Michigan Technological University found the ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Iran imports 149 tonnes of uranium from Russia: atomic chief
Tehran (AFP) Feb 6, 2017
Iran will receive the final part of a 149-tonne shipment of uranium from Russia as part of its nuclear deal with world powers, it was announced on Monday. ... more

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Scientists use nanoparticles, ultraviolet light to turn CO2 into fuel
Durham, N.C. (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Scientists at Duke University have developed a new method for catalyzing the conversion of carbon dioxide into methane, a component of many alternative fuels. The reaction is bolstered by the presence of rhodium nanoparticles and ultraviolet light. Rhodium is known to accelerate, or catalyze, a variety of reactions used for industrial processes, but the energy boost offered by the rare ... more
Durham NC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Light-driven reaction converts carbon dioxide into fuel
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Biofuel produced by microalgae
Edmonton, Alberta (UPI) Feb 10, 2017
Alberta backing bioenergy programs
SOVENTIX developing solar parks of up to 140 megawatts in Alberta, Canada
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
SOVENTIX Canada Inc. has commenced the development of several solar projects with a capacity of up to 140 megawatts (MWp) in Alberta, Canada. The six projects with a potential nameplate capacity from 15 to 45 MWp are located near Calgary and Edmonton. Building on Soventix Canada's success in the Ontario, the current projects will further drive the expansion of SOVENTIX in the Canadian solar mark ... more
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Prime Road and First Solar complete 18MW of Thai solar farms
Edmonton, Alberta (UPI) Feb 28, 2017
Alberta puts more weight behind solar power
London, UK (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Lightsource Renewable Energy acquires residential portfolio
Breakthrough research for testing and arranging vertical axis wind turbines
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
The sight of propeller-like rotating blades positioned high up the pole of a tall horizontal-axis wind turbine (HAWT) may be familiar to many. Often grouped in wind farms, HAWTs provide significant amounts of energy for local communities. One drawback to HAWTs is the large space they take up, needing to be placed far apart from each other. If placed too close together, the turbulence and wind ve ... more
Newark DE (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
US grid can handle more offshore wind power
Lansing, Mich. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
Michigan meets renewable energy targets
Stavanger, Norway (UPI) Feb 9, 2017
British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm
New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Even with international praise for its renewable energy strategy, New Zealand's government said there is room for improvement. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without government subsidies. ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
Taipei (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax
Getting rid of the last bits of sulfur in fuel
Pasadena CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Scientists led by a team at Caltech have developed a new method for potentially removing nearly all sulfur compounds from gas and diesel fuel. Sulfur compounds in fuels such as gasoline and diesel create air pollution when the fuel is burned. To address that challenge, large-scale oil refinery processes remove the majority of sulfur from fuel down to a government-mandated level. The new te ... more
Austin TX (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Lithium-ion battery inventor introduces new technology for fast-charging, noncombustible batteries
Vernon CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Romeo Power expands EV battery pack production in Southern California
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Donut-shaped fusion plasmas decrease adverse turbulence
Study finds high levels of toxic chemicals in house cats
Stockholm (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Your cat is a repository for chemicals in your home. As scientists suspected, tests show harmful chemicals can accumulate in the blood of healthy cats. Researchers measured significantly elevated levels of brominated flame retardants, BFRs, in feline blood samples. BFRs are a class of chemical compounds used to make electronics, clothes and furniture less combustible. Studies have shown ... more
Manila (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage on Philippine miners
Hanoi (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Vietnam to punish officials over mass fish deaths
Geneva (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tyres clogging oceans: report
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Coming soon: Oil spill-mapping swarms of flying drones
Buffalo NY (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Thousands of ants converge to follow the most direct path from their colony to their food and back. A swarm of inexpensive, unmanned drones quickly map an offshore oil spill. Each extremely complex task is accomplished by individuals following very simple rules. But to make the drones do it, a bit of nature's magic must be captured in a mathematical formula. "Nature may not proactively us ... more
New York (UPI) Feb 28, 2017
U.S. oil stocks, fourth quarter GDP weigh on oil prices
Pullman WA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
WSU research advances energy savings for oil, gas industries
Oslo, Norway (UPI) Feb 28, 2017
Rig company Seadrill teeters on the brink
Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 28, 2017
On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet's landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so today. Studies using both a NASA orbiter and a rover reveal its effects on scales grand to tiny on the strangely structured landscapes within Gale Crater. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, on the lower slope of Mount Sharp - a layered mountain inside the crater - has begun a secon ... more
Paris (ESA) Feb 28, 2017
Science checkout continues for ExoMars orbiter
Baton Rouge LA (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
More Earth-like than moon-like
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
NASA Explores Opportunity for Smaller Experiments to 'Hitch a Ride' to Mars
Just how early is spring arriving in your neighborhood
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Even Punxsutawaney Phil can't be blamed for being baffled this year and hightailing it back to his burrow. He predicted six more weeks of winter on Feb 2, but by then spring was already springing well ahead of historical norms in much of the USA. While we've known for a over a decade now that climate change is variably advancing the onset of spring across the United States, a new set of ma ... more
Mogadishu (AFP) Feb 28, 2017
Somali president declares 'national disaster' over drought
Exeter, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Warming ponds could accelerate climate change
Quixeramobim, Brazil (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Brazil's poorest region suffers worst drought in a century
Three layers of graphene reveals a new kind of magnet
Mumbai, India (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Metals have a large density of electrons and to be able to see the wave nature of electrons one has to make metallic wires that are only a few atoms wide. However, in graphene - one atom thick graphite - the density of electrons is much smaller and can be changed by making a transistor. As a result of the low density of electrons the wave nature of electrons, as described by quantum mechanics, i ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Graphene from soybeans
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
How to roll a nanotube: Demystifying carbon nanotubes' structure control
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
UNIST to engineer dream diodes with a graphene interlayer
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SAIC unveils ACV 1.1 prototype for U.S. Marines
Charleston, S.C. (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Science Applications International Corporation unveiled its first Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 to the U.S. Marine Corps during a ceremony in Charleston, S.C. The Marine Corps is set to receive 16 of the vehicles, which are also being produced by BAE Systems. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in March. "We are confident that this vehicle is equipped with the latest technology whi ... more
Moscow (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Russia to lay down two submarines in 2017
Washington (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City conducts live-fire exercise
Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
To rule the waves: US eyes large-scale navy revamp plan
Lockheed Martin to relocate Fleet Ballistic Missile program
Sunnyvale, CA. (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Lockheed Martin plans to relocate its Fleet Ballistic Missile program in a move the company says will cut costs for its customers. The move will take place over the course of eight years. Approximately 650 positions from Lockheed Martin's Space Systems facility in Sunnyvale, Calif., will relocate to other company facilities in Florida and Colorado. "We value the deep expertise of ... more
Washington (UPI) Feb 27, 2017
U.S. Navy places Trident II guidance system production order
Seoul (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
N. Korea has large chemical weapons stockpile: Seoul
Vienna (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Iran complying with nuclear deal, says UN watchdog
Pentagon readies new anti-IS plan for Trump
Washington (AFP) Feb 27, 2017
The Pentagon on Monday was to present the White House with possible new battle plans to defeat the Islamic State group, after President Donald Trump demanded top brass find additional ways to destroy the jihadists. A pillar of Trump's campaign was to quicken the fight against IS, which despite losing thousands of fighters still controls parts of northern Syria and Iraq, and he berated the Ba ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Iraq air force strikes IS targets in Syria
Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
IS forcing children, disabled into suicide cars: US general
Beirut (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Syria rebels say Al-Bab captured from IS jihadists
NASA-funded balloon recovered a year after flight over Antarctica
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
For 12 days in January 2016, a football-field-sized balloon with a telescope hanging beneath it floated 24 miles above the Antarctic continent, riding the spiraling polar vortex. On Jan. 31, 2016, scientists sent the pre-planned command to cut the balloon - and the telescope parachuted to the ground in the Queen Maud region of Antarctica. The telescope sat on the ice for an entire year. ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 28, 2017
Russia's future stealth bomber would replace Tu-22, Tu-95 and Tu-160 planes
London (UPI) Feb 28, 2017
Charles Woodburn to take over as BAE Systems CEO
Madrid (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Madrid invites Airbus CEO to debrief on military plane woes
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Haitians' ire over carnival spending amid hurricane's ruins
Les Cayes, Haiti (AFP) Feb 27, 2017
Starjuin Regent is still waiting for Haitian government aid to help him rebuild his fishing business, which was destroyed last year by Hurricane Matthew. In the nearly five months since the massive category five storm hit, residents are still struggling to rebuild shattered homes and businesses. All the more reason then, for the ire of Regent and many others here over millions of dollars ... more
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Carnival helps Rio put crime, recession on back burner
Chicago (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Study shows parks, greenways may help reduce crime in Chicago
Ottawa (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
Canada conservationist warns of 'cyber poaching
Tracking the movement of cyborg cockroaches
Raleigh, NC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
New research from North Carolina State University offers insights into how far and how fast cyborg cockroaches - or biobots - move when exploring new spaces. The work moves researchers closer to their goal of using biobots to explore collapsed buildings and other spaces in order to identify survivors. NC State researchers have developed cockroach biobots that can be remotely controlled and ... more
Oxford, England (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Study: Even 'benevolent bots' fight, sometimes for years
Lausanne, Switzerland (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
Scientists invent new, faster gait for six-legged robots
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot


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